Snowball Earth

The Story of the Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It

Author: Gabrielle Walker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408807149

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Did the Earth once undergo a super ice age, one that froze the entire planet? A global adventure story and a fascinating account of scientist Paul Hoffman's quest to prove his maverick 'Snowball Earth' theory, this is science writing at its most gripping. In SNOWBALL EARTH, Gabrielle Walker takes us on a thrilling natural history expedition in search of supporting evidence for the audacious theory which argues that the Earth experienced a climatic cataclysm 600 million years ago that froze the entire planet from the poles to the equator. Because the global snowball happened so long ago the ice has now long gone - but it left its traces in rocks around the world and in order to see the evidence, Walker visited such places as Australia, Namibia, South Africa and Death Valley, USA. Part adventure story and part travel book, it's a tale of the ultimate human endeavour to understand our origins.

Snowball Earth

Author: Andrea Lisowski

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692650172


Page: 240

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Up-and-coming rock star, Joan Devintia, has come to realize that some shadows aren't benign, some stares aren't innocent, and she is no longer safe. Tired of fearing her stalker, she goes to her manager for a solution. He hires Carmen Savedra - celebrity bodyguard and inactive duty Marine - to protect the singer from harm. In the midst of recording her pioneer album, Joan finds temptation in the form of illicit drugs and danger taking the shape of a man in a red tie. Safety comes with the sound of jingling dog tags that Carmen never takes off. Carmen's shadow is bigger and more imposing than Joan's stalker. Her stare is more meaningful. Unless Joan can face her fears off the stage - her career, her growing relationship with Carmen - her very life could end....

Frozen Earth

The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages

Author: Doug Macdougall

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954947

Category: Science

Page: 278

View: 2063

In this engrossing and accessible book, Doug Macdougall explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation—nearly three billion years ago—to the present. Following the development of scientific ideas about these dramatic events, Macdougall traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intriguing characters who have contributed to the evolving understanding of how ice ages come about. As it explains how the great Pleistocene Ice Age has shaped the earth's landscape and influenced the course of human evolution, Frozen Earth also provides a fascinating look at how science is done, how the excitement of discovery drives scientists to explore and investigate, and how timing and chance play a part in the acceptance of new scientific ideas. Macdougall describes the awesome power of cataclysmic floods that marked the melting of the glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age. He probes the chilling evidence for "Snowball Earth," an episode far back in the earth's past that may have seen our planet encased in ice from pole to pole. He discusses the accumulating evidence from deep-sea sediment cores, as well as ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic, that suggests fast-changing ice age climates may have directly impacted the evolution of our species and the course of human migration and civilization. Frozen Earth also chronicles how the concept of the ice age has gripped the imagination of scientists for almost two centuries. It offers an absorbing consideration of how current studies of Pleistocene climate may help us understand earth's future climate changes, including the question of when the next glacial interval will occur.

Mission Earth - Book 1 - A Snowball Earth

Author: Ts White


ISBN: 9781326201081


Page: 98

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20 font size. Snowball Earth is the first of three books about the end of our present ice age. The Earth cools down very fast, and life becomes more of a struggle. Plans are made for human survival, in stasis vats on earth and in colonies in space... What will happen to the Waters family? Mum is expecting a baby, and babies can't go into stasis until they are 2 years old. Sheila and Jack the two children aren't sure about what is to happen, and if the plans are good enough for them to return to the Earth many years in the future.

Scientists Debate Gaia

The Next Century

Author: Stephen Henry Schneider

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262194983

Category: Nature

Page: 377

View: 1005

Leading scientists bring the controversy over Gaia up to date by exploring a broad range of recent thinking on Gaia theory.

History of Climate

Little Ice Age, Snowball Earth, Younger Dryas, Permian-Triassic Extinction Event, Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction Event, Maunder Mi

Author: Source Wikipedia


ISBN: 9781230624853


Page: 166

View: 5145

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 164. Chapters: Little Ice Age, Snowball Earth, Younger Dryas, Permian-Triassic extinction event, Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, Maunder Minimum, Climate change, Paleoclimatology, Year Without a Summer, Medieval Warm Period, Global warming, Retreat of glaciers since 1850, Hockey stick controversy, Climate of Mars, Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Instrumental temperature record, Milankovitch cycles, Last glacial period, Quaternary glaciation, K-T boundary, History of climate change science, Heinrich event, Temperature record of the past 1000 years, Extreme weather events of 535-536, Eemian, Holocene climatic optimum, Faint young Sun paradox, 8.2 kiloyear event, Ordovician-Silurian extinction event, 4.2 kiloyear event, Timeline of glaciation, Soon and Baliunas controversy, Sahara pump theory, Geologic temperature record, Last Glacial Maximum, Great Oxygenation Event, Keeling Curve, Historical climatology, Pliocene climate, Pre-Illinoian, Sangamonian, Neolithic Subpluvial, Marine Isotopic Stage 11, Kansan glaciation, Bond event, CLIWOC, Wolstonian Stage, 5.9 kiloyear event, Cromerian Stage, Piora Oscillation, Beestonian stage, Climate: Long range Investigation, Mapping, and Prediction, Sporer Minimum, Bull Lake glaciation, Bolling-Allerod, Bolling oscillation, Champlain Sea, Neoglaciation, Allerod oscillation, Medea Hypothesis, Tell Leilan, Antarctic Cold Reversal, Marine isotope stage, Eocene Thermal Maximum 2, Bramertonian Stage, Pastonian Stage, Older Peron, Thermal optimum, Mousterian Pluvial, Cretaceous Thermal Maximum, Pre-Pastonian Stage, Carbonate-silicate cycle, Holocene glacial retreat, Cyclostratigraphy, Stadial, Dalton Minimum, Abbassia Pluvial, Iron Age Cold Epoch, Cambrian-Ordovician extinction events, Middle Bronze Age Cold Epoch, Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project, ..

The Geological Record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations

Author: Emmanuelle Arnaud,Galen P. Halverson,Graham Shields-Zhou

Publisher: Geological Society of London

ISBN: 9781862393349

Category: Science

Page: 735

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In recent years, interest in Neoproterozoic glaciations has grown as their pivotal role in Earth system evolution has become increasingly clear. One of the main goals of the IGCP Project number 512 was to produce a synthesis of newly available information on Neoproterozoic successions worldwide. This Memoir consists of a series of overview chapters followed by site-specific chapters. The overviews cover key topics including the history of research on Neoproterozoic glaciations, identification of glacial deposits, chemostratigraphic techniques and datasets, palaeomagnetism, biostratigraphy, geochronology and climate modelling. The site specific chapters include reviews of the history of research on these rocks and up-to-date syntheses of the structural framework, tectonic setting, palaeomagnetic & geochronological constraints, physical, biological, and chemical stratigraphy, and descriptions of the glaciogenic and associated strata, including economic deposits.

Climate Change

Biological and Human Aspects

Author: Jonathan Cowie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139465397

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 957

In recent years climate change has become recognised as the foremost environmental problem of the twenty-first century. Not only will climate change potentially affect the multibillion dollar energy strategies of countries worldwide, but it also could seriously affect many species, including our own. A fascinating introduction to the subject, this textbook provides a broad review of past, present and likely future climate change from the viewpoints of biology, ecology and human ecology. It will be of interest to a wide range of people, from students in the life sciences who need a brief overview of the basics of climate science, to atmospheric science, geography, and environmental science students who need to understand the biological and human ecological implications of climate change. It will also be a valuable reference for those involved in environmental monitoring, conservation, policy-making and policy lobbying.

Rare Earth

Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe

Author: Peter D. Ward,Donald Brownlee

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0387218483

Category: Science

Page: 338

View: 4704

What determines whether complex life will arise on a planet, or even any life at all? Questions such as these are investigated in this groundbreaking book. In doing so, the authors synthesize information from astronomy, biology, and paleontology, and apply it to what we know about the rise of life on Earth and to what could possibly happen elsewhere in the universe. Everyone who has been thrilled by the recent discoveries of extrasolar planets and the indications of life on Mars and the Jovian moon Europa will be fascinated by Rare Earth, and its implications for those who look to the heavens for companionship.